His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up — or down — and galvanize the American public.
We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief. Here is everything Trump has tweeted since he was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time. Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet.
See anything we missed? Drop us a line
First Lady Melania Trump has said that when her husband, Donald, is attacked, he will “punch back 10 times harder.” On Sunday, President Trump put those pugilistic instincts on display for all the world to see, circulating a doctored video clip that showed him physically attacking a crudely rendered stand-in for CNN, then walking away with a grimace of satisfaction.
After a week in which even Republicans were provoked to plead with the president to stop tweeting, the new post on Twitter again struck a nerve, drawing fresh rebukes from critics who called it an incitement to violence and a degradation of the highest office in the land.
Trump’s supporters and surrogates, though, defended the video clip as harmless mockery, denied that such postings distracted from his agenda, or cheered the message outright.
The video clip tweeted out by the president used an altered version of a years-old promotional video for professional wrestling. Trump’s friend Vince McMahon — the professional wrestling magnate whose wife and former business partner Linda McMahon is now in Trump’s Cabinet, as head of the Small Business Administration — is thought to be the figure whose head is blotted out by CNN’s logo in the clip, a version of which has been in circulation in recent days on the Internet platform Reddit.
CNN, which has been a particular target of presidential ire since the network retracted a story relating to an element of the sprawling investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, quickly condemned the tweet.
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” the network said in statement, saying that Trump ought to turn his attention to matters such as North Korea and healthcare.
“We will keep doing our jobs,” the CNN statement added. “He should start doing his.”
The night before, the president also used a celebration of veterans at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to denounce the news media.
“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House,” Trump told the raucous crowd. “But I’m president, and they’re not.”
Trump broke off a weekend outing to his Bedminster, N.J., golf course to return to Washington for the campaign-style event on Saturday, then flew back to New Jersey later that evening, prompting a new wave of online criticism over the mounting costs of his frequent getaways.